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43 Solo Travel Quotes That Will Inspire You To Travel Alone

I’ve collected many solo travel quotes that have inspired my own travels in the past few years and I’ve compiled all of them and put them in this blog post. I feel these quotes on travelling alone resonate with how I feel about living the life I want and achieving all my travel dreams.

And I know many of you are travelling alone too. I recently read that 65% of solo travellers are female and are between 30 and 80! That’s so crazy! 

And if you have never travelled on your own and want to be inspired, then this post is for you. Check out my list of favourite travel alone quotes. Hopefully these motivational quotes will inspire you. And remember to bookmark this page so you can come back often and read these solo travel quotes again.

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43 solo travel quotes that will inspire your inner wanderlust

So I have a long list of travel solo quotes that I want to share with you. I’ve organized them into different sections so you can scroll through them easily.

And I’ve given some of my own thoughts about these travelling alone quotes.

Also, I hope you take your time while reading each solo travel quote because each of them are meant to initiate thoughts and feelings about your own travel solo journey. Or in life in general. Whenever I read these quotes, I always try to relate it back to my solo journey and how grateful I am for starting travelling by myself early on.

Okay, I’ll stop rambling and let you read these quotes for travelling solo.

Short and sweet quotes for travelling alone

Here are some short and sweet quotes about how travelling can transform your life. I’m a true believer of that and I am a living proof! If I didn’t go on my first solo trip, I wouldn’t understand how it feels to travel by myself and how it transformed my life.

And if you are someone who is on the fence about travelling on your own, my suggestion is to start small and easy. Spend an afternoon by yourself or go on a day trip around your city and see how you feel about your being on your own.

You must go on adventures to find out where you belong.

Sue Fitzmaurize

Travel brings power and love back to your life.


When the traveler goes alone he gets acquainted with himself.

Liberty Hyde Bailey

If you have to wait for someone to travel with you, you may end up waiting a lifetime! 


You have to get lost before you can find yourself. 

John Green

Some journeys can be only travelled alone. 

Ken Poirot

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

Neale Donald Walsch

Solo travelling quotes about the joy of the journey

I remember when I tried to explain the happiness and joy from my first solo trip to my friends when I returned home. I don’t think they understood it. But that’s okay. As long as I get it, that’s all that matters. 

I always feel energized when I come home from a solo trip because travelling alone allows you to spend time the way you want and you get to be with your own thoughts.

And I’ve changed the way I travel solo over the years. I am learning how to slow travel and enjoy each moment. Rather than doing a hundred things in a day, I would go for a walk in the park, read a book or buy food at a local market. And I am learning to be fully present and be appreciative of the moment. And I feel I can only do this when I travel alone. 

When you’re travelling with someone, you share each discovery. But when you are alone, you have to carry each experience with you like a secret, something you have to write on your heart because there’s no other way to preserve it.

Shauna Niequist

Looking in the mirror, I saw a joyful face. And this happy girl was just about to go on a trip, with a one way ticket in her bag. Life was a never ending journey.

Nico J. Genes

And if travel is like love, it is, in the end, mostly because it’s a heightened state of awareness, in which we are mindful, receptive, in dimmed by familiarity and ready to be transformed. That is why the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end.

Pico Iyer

Travel alone quotes about solo adventure

Whenever people ask me about travelling solo, I always suggest trying it. Everyone has a different experience of travelling alone. 

If you don’t like it, at least you can say you’ve tried travelling on your own. And you put a big checkmark on your to-do list, say you’ve done it, move on and never do it again. 

But if you love it, you have just entered into a world that you can only dream of. And the journey only gets better! 

To be fully alive, fully human, and completely aware is to be continuously thrown out of the nest.

Pema Chödrön

Traveling alone will be the scariest, most liberating, life changing experience of your life. Try it at least once!


You do not travel if you are afraid of the unknown. You travel for the unknown, the reveals you within yourself.

Ella Maillart

To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world. You have no idea of what is in store for you, but you will, if you are wise and know the art of travel, let yourself go on the stream of the unknown and accept whatever comes in the spirit in which the gods may offer it.

Freya Stark

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than exposure.

Helen Keller

Always go with the choice that scares you the most, because that’s the one thing that is going to require the most from you.

Caroline Myss

The journey of life is amazingly beautiful if you take it as a fearless adventure.

Debasish Mridha

I am of course lost in this journey I’m on, but I do remain confident, though I am lost it will be a great adventure, this adventure will surpass my wildest imagination. So call me a fool, but I’m happy to be lost. 

Micheline Jean Louis

Travelling alone quotes about solitude and being by yourself

I came across several Facebook groups for female solo travellers and there were comments about solo travel and how it is lonely to travel on your own.

Travelling solo and being alone is very different. I never once felt I was lonely. Yes, I am alone but being alone and feeling lonely are not the same thing.

In fact, I always crave for this type of solitude because I really like being on my own. Perhaps its because I am an only child and I know how it feels to be by myself my whole life.

Before my first solo trip at 26, I was nervous too. But I learned to love the solitude even more when I am travelling. And it is the best feeling ever!

If you make friends with yourself you will never be alone.

Maxwell Matlz

I wondered why it was that places are so much lovelier when one is alone.

Daphne du Maurier

Travel only with thy equals or thy betters; if there are none, travel alone.

The Dhammapada

Traveling solo does not always mean you’re alone. Most often, you meet marvelous people along the way and make connections that last a lifetime.

Jacqueline Boone

There are some places in life where you can only go alone. Embrace the beauty of your solo journey.

Many Hale

The woman who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been.

Albert Einstein

Solo travel quotes about strength

I never thought I’d be someone who would travel solo. But travelling solo has helped me to become a more confident person in many different facets of my life. I can take more chances when it comes to travel, willing to go to places that I have never been before and enjoying the process and not be in a state of fear. 

Moreover, I feel my confidence also transpired to my everyday life. I am more outspoken, not afraid to do most things, be more initiative and more decisive.

Because I took my first solo trip many years ago, I am forever a changed person and am grateful for all my solo travel experiences.

Solo travel not only pushes you out of your comfort zone, it also pushes you out of the zone of others’ expectations.

Suzy Strutner

As you travel solo, being totally responsible for yourself, it’s inevitable that you will discover just how capable you are.


Sometimes the journey has to be traveled alone in order to appreciate the strengths that lie deep inside of you.

Steven Aitchison

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

Mark Twain

Some beautiful paths can’t be discovered without getting lost.

Erol Ozan

Promise me you’ll always remember: you’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.

Christopher Robin

Solo travel quotes about learning something new about yourself

Nothing you learn in school can prepare you for what you will learn when you travel solo. There is no syllabus that will show you exactly what you will see or encounter. And there is no grading system to let you know if you passed or failed. 

I didn’t think I would be brave enough to travel on my own. It was such a foreign theory to me at the time, and nobody around me was travelling solo. But it wasn’t really about bravery. It was about trying new things and discovering what I like. 

For me, travelling solo is the best way to learn about yourself and discovering yourself and find out what you are capable of. 

The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.

Eleanor Roosevelt

There is something so different and empowering about travelling solo. It’s a unique experience and one that is so self-educating.

Kunal Khemu

I think one travels more usefully when they travel alone, because they reflect more.

Thomas Jefferson

Loving life is easy when you are abroad. Where no one knows you and you hold your life in your hands all alone, you are more master of yourself than at any other time.

Hannah Arendt

Adventure can be an end in itself. Self-discovery is the secret ingredient.

Grace Lichtenstein

A person susceptible to “wanderlust” is not so much addicted to movement as committed to transformation. 

Pico Iyer

I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I am going is what inspires me to travel it.

Rosalia de Castro

Spiritual solo travel quotes

And to finish off the list of quotes about travelling alone, here are some spiritual quotes that can relate it back to travel solo.

It is always about the journey and enjoying every moment whether it is good or bad. There is always a learning opportunity and the soul continues to learn. 

I truly believe that travelling solo has allowed me to be the person I am meant to be. If it weren’t for travelling, my life would be very different now. 

Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.

Carl Sagan

A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.

Lao Tzu

This is the journey of your life. Don’t try to explain it to others, because only you can see it.

Nitin Namdeo

People never learn anything by being told, they have to find out for themselves.

Paulo Coelho

Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom. 


My soul is from elsewhere, I’m sure of that, and I intend to end up there. 


Which travel alone quotes do you resonate with?

I hope you enjoyed reading all my favourite solo travel quotes. It is a growing list so come back often and see what other travel alone quotes I add to the list.

And which quotes for travelling alone do you resonate with? Let me know in the comments below.

Moreover, I hope you can be inspired and motivated to go on your first solo trip. There are many places that are excellent for first time solo travellers and many things you can do while travelling on your own.

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Hi, my name is Queenie, and I've been a solo traveller for 20+ years and currently based in Hong Kong. Follow me on my adventures through Instagram and my blog!


  • Kae.
    July 22, 2020 at 9:26 am

    I love love loveeee this post so much!! Solo travelling is so empowering. It’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life thus far and I can’t encourage people enough to really give it a shot. That quote by Suzy Strutner is so true and powerful. Definitely writing that one down as a reminder. Thanks for this post!

    • queenie mak
      July 23, 2020 at 11:52 am

      Hi Kae, thank you for your comment. Sooo happy you love the post. I had some of these quotes written in different places so I thought I would compile it all in the same place. Hope you are well 🙂

  • Dragana
    January 29, 2022 at 7:18 am

    Loved it! I enjoyed reading your quotes. Stepping out into the unknown with no one else to rely on, you come to learn to learn so much about yourself. Often these solo trips are life-changing adventures. Fav one “You do not travel if you are afraid of the unknown. You travel for the unknown, the reveals you within yourself.”, well said. Sometimes I write about the quotes too. Here is an example post I wrote in case you or any of your readers find it interesting. Our content complements each other nicely, perhaps we can collab in some way in the future. Cheers!

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    July 31, 2022 at 12:27 am

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